Tom Vanderbilt

Tom Vanderbilt is author of Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do, now available in paperback. He is contributing editor to Artforum, Print, and I.D.; contributing writer to Design Observer; and has written for many publications, including Wired, the Wilson Quarterly, the New York Times Magazine, and the London Review of Books. He blogs at howwedrive.com and lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. You can follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tomvanderbilt.

Culturebox
Sept. 8 2014 11:30 PMYour Call Is Important to UsThe history and psychology of hold music.
Crime
March 12 2013 7:19 AMThe Lock PickersThe strange things that happen at a lock-picking convention.
Doers
Jan. 7 2013 5:45 AMThe Best Bike-Sharing Program in the United StatesHow D.C., of all places, made it happen.
Transport
Aug. 14 2012 11:45 AMThe Single Most Important Object in the Global EconomyThe pallet.
Design
May 14 2012 6:26 PMHello? A Visual History of the Phone.
Walking
April 13 2012 6:30 AMLearning To WalkHow America can start walking again.
Walking
April 11 2012 6:45 AMSidewalk ScienceThe peculiar habits of the pedestrian, explained.
Transport
March 31 2012 12:10 AMEmpty SpacesCan parking lots be great?
Transport
Oct. 12 2011 3:19 PMGo Slow To Go Fast
Why highways move more swiftly when you force cars to crawl along at 55 mph.
Culturebox
July 18 2011 3:30 PMPostcards of Mushroom Clouds
Transport
July 15 2011 5:26 PMCarmageddon ChallengeCan Los Angeles cyclists beat a plane from Burbank to Long Beach? How my idle tweet spawned an epic transportation showdown.
FT
May 29 2011 1:07 AMThe Case for Working With Your HandsJoe Nocella designs buildings by day and bikes by night.
Transport
April 4 2011 7:07 AMTwafficWill Twitter—and tweets about traffic—change the way we drive?
Transport
Feb. 9 2011 4:06 PMYou're Parking WrongWhy it's almost always better to back into a space than pull into it head-on.
Transport
Jan. 12 2011 4:19 PMStreetcars vs. MonorailsThe future of urban transportation looks a lot like the past.
Crime
March 13 2013 12:00 AMThe Lock PickersWhy we’ll never make an unpickable lock.
Crime
March 11 2013 12:00 AMThe Lock PickersVictorian England made the strongest locks in the world—until an American showed up and promised he could pick them.
Design
Sept. 24 2012 3:44 AMPop ArtThe brilliant redesign of the soda can tab.
Design
May 15 2012 6:15 AMHello?A visual history of the telephone.
Design
April 27 2012 6:33 AMSneaking Into Pantone HQHow color forecasters really decide which hue will be the new black.
Walking
April 12 2012 6:15 AMWhat’s Your Walk Score?The company that puts a number on walkability.
Walking
April 10 2012 6:28 AMThe Crisis in American WalkingHow we got off the pedestrian path.
Transport
Jan. 19 2012 1:48 PMWhat’s the Best Way To Get Users To Embrace Mass Transit?Make it pleasant? Or make it efficient?
Transport
Aug. 1 2011 6:53 AMDon't Turn Left!         A new kind of intersection eliminates dangerous, time-wasting left turns.
Transport
July 16 2011 8:01 PMCarmageddon Challenge: The Bikes Won!How a team of cyclists—and a guy on the subway, and a Rollerblader—beat a Jet Blue flight from Burbank to Long Beach.
Culturebox
July 13 2011 7:35 AMWish You Were—Boom!Postcards from the age of atomic tourism.
Transport
May 18 2011 10:15 AMLittle. Yellow. Dangerous."Children at Play" signs imperil our kids.
Transport
Feb. 25 2011 10:44 AMThe Ethics of Winter Dibs ParkingIf you shovel your car out of a snowdrift, does that give you the right to reserve the space for days?
Transport
Jan. 26 2011 7:08 AMThe Most Stressful Job on the Planet?For bus drivers, streets are crowded. Passengers are cranky. And there's always the chance you might get punched.
Transport
Dec. 23 2010 2:58 PMSan Francisco: The Embarcadero Freeway

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